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Since April 18, entry into Thailand under the Thailand Pass system is possible earlier or later than the original date by seven days

The new information is posted on the official Thai Pass website. According to the announcement, a small change that goes into effect today, April 18, will now allow applicants to arrive on a date other than the date originally approved on their Thai Pass application, as long as it is no more than seven days before or after the original date.

If you are traveling to Thailand now, everyone, including Thais, must register for the Thai Pass, whether they are arriving under the Test&Go, Sandbox or Alternative Quarantine programs. The new announcement reads:

“Applicants may use an approved QR code to enter Thailand on a different arrival date if the new arrival date is within 7 days before or after the original arrival date listed on the QR code. This begins today, April 18. The Thai Civil Aviation Authority and airlines have already been informed.

You don’t need to rebook your hotel and hotel transfers or change the dates on your insurance. And you don’t need to upload updated information to the Thai Pass website. Just show it to the meeting health officials at check-in and upon arrival in Thailand.”

Tourism officials announced last week that they plan to present a proposal to repeal the Test&Go entry scheme into Thailand at the next Coronavirus Situation Group meeting. The Tourism Authority of Thailand, along with the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, are ready to discuss it on April 22, after the Thai New Year Songkran celebrations are over.

Tourism and Sports Minister Phipat Ratchakitprakarn said that if the change is approved, from May 1 tourists will only be able to enter Thailand with a certificate of vaccination received.

“Tourists arriving in Thailand will no longer have to wait three to five days for their documents to be approved in the Thailand Pass online registration system,” he stressed.

In the proposed plan, PCR tests on arrival for foreign travelers are expected to be replaced by antigen tests on arrival at the airport. The proposals have yet to be discussed and must be approved by the situation group and the Thai cabinet before they can be adopted.

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